Emergency 999 caller rang police to ask 'why did my alarm go off in the middle of the night?'

Use the 999 number responsibly.
Use the 999 number responsibly.

"My alarm went off in the middle of the night, can you tell me why?"

This is the latest in an instalment of ridiculous calls Nottinghamshire Police have received to the emergency 999 number.

The force have revealed some of the calls they receive to highlight the need to use 999 responsibly in order to ensure police time and resources are not wasted.

Superintendent Paul Burrows said:“The vast majority of the public understand that 999 is only for emergency calls but, despite the work we regularly do in the media, online and over-the-phone to explain to people how to use 999 responsibly, we do still receive a high number of misplaced calls to our emergency number.

"While some of the misplaced calls we receive range from honest errors of judgement to the more unusual, there is a serious point to be made here as every misplaced call our emergency call handlers receive has the potential to delay us from responding to genuine emergencies.

“All we’re asking is that people only call 999 in genuine emergencies and remember that there are other ways to contact us for less urgent enquiries, with the Nottinghamshire Police website - www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice - offering advice on hundreds of policing and non-policing issues and the 101 non-emergency number also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”